The Democratic Alliance will write to the Public Protector, Adv Busisiwe Mkhwebane, to request her to investigate Makana Municipality’s irregular and wasteful expenditure of R44 721 800 in the 2016/2017 financial year.
Of the almost R45 million, R36 million was wasted as a result of irregularities in the composition of the Bid Adjudication Committee (BAC), rendering the tenders awarded through this Committee illegal.
An amount of R5 971 184.11 was paid in interest on large overdue accounts such as Eskom and the Auditor-General. This amount does not include the interest on small and medium accounts, which of course, would then increase this figure.
This wasteful expenditure also includes R308 000 that was paid out to two “ghost workers” and another two staff members who were also receiving SASSA grants illegally. Retired workers were paid municipal salaries for the past four years without working a single day at the municipality during this time.
We submitted a Motion of Question to Council earlier this year, asking why irregular and wasteful expenditure of R139 254 058 for the 2015/16 financial year had not been investigated as required by law?
Our motion resulted in a Municipal Finance Management Committee being established to investigate irregular, fruitless and wasteful expenditure from both this and previous financial years. It is as a result of this investigation, that the above has come to light.
The DA calls on the leadership of Makana Municipality to implement disciplinary processes against those responsible for the R5 971 184.11 and R38 750 616 irregularities.
A transparent and accountable government is important to ensure sound financial controls. In a DA-led government, money which is meant to be spent on service delivery is used for that exact purpose and not squandered through negligent and corrupt activities.
The Public Protector needs to investigate this as a matter of urgency because any abuse of state resources cannot be tolerated.
Darryn Holm Cllr
Makana Municipality Ward 12 Councillor
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